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Upcoming Distinguished Lecturer Hollis Cline

By Eddy Ball
July 2008

Distinguished Lecturer Hollis Cline
Distinguished Lecturer Hollis Cline (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The 2007 - 2008 NIEHS Distinguished Lecture Series will welcome its next speaker, Hollis T. Cline, Ph.D., at 11:00 a.m. July 8 in Rodbell Auditorium. Cline will speak on "Mechanisms of Developmental Plasticity in the Visual System." The lecture will be hosted by Serena Dudek, Ph.D.,( Exit NIEHS Website principal investigator and head of the NIEHS Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group.

Cline is a professor and Director of Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, N. Y. Cline received a 2005 NIH Director's Pioneer Award to launch a large-scale project to understand the architecture, development and plasticity of brain circuits. She serves as co-chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and is a Council member of the Society for Neuroscience.

Her talk will explore the activity-dependent regulation of dendritic arbor structure and synaptic function in the context of the development of functional neuronal circuits. She will present an overview of visual system development and plasticity from studies of mammalian and non-mammalian vertebrate systems before moving into a discussion of the mechanisms her group has discovered in studies of the Xenopus visual system using in vivo imaging, electrophysiology and genetic manipulations.

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